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Second round game goes to top seeded tourney team

Friday night the Mighty Potter County Battlers played round two of the State B tournament in Aberdeen against the number one seeded team, the James Valley Christian Vikings from Huron. Although it was a good game, the final score did not end as Battler fans had hoped at 55-72.
The Battlers got the tip and Caleb Meinke sunk a three pointer to start the scoring. He dropped in another three about a minute later, with two points added in between by Mitch Hinckley to put Potter County at eight points. The Vikings caught up quickly, although it took them four baskets to do it. Rease Logan went to the foul line and dropped two baskets to put the men in red ahead again. JVC soon took the lead away from the Battlers for a few seconds, but it came back to a 12 point tie.
JVC drew a foul and put two in from the line. With 35 seconds in the quarter the Battlers tied it up, but with a couple seconds left, the Vikings took the lead and the quarter ended with the Battlers trailing by two at 14-16.
Going into the second the Vikings put up two points but that was soon countered by Meinke with another three points on the Battler side of the board. JVC did their best to put a spread in the score, but the Battler stayed close. Logan headed back to the foul line and dropped one of the two baskets to put the score at 20-23. After a time out, the Vikings put in three. They spread the score to eight points before Kole Hawkinson nailed a three pointer to tighten it up to a five point spread. A free throw by Meinke brought the score to 26-30 to take the teams into the locker room  for the half.
The second half got underway with James Valley Christian in control of the ball, but Tanner Heuer put in the first two points.
A couple minutes later he stole the ball and drew a foul, which added another point to the Battler score to 29-35. Potter County struggled with the ball, missing a few shots while the Vikings caught fire and put a 12 point spread in the score to 31-43. Tanner Storer made it to the foul line and brought the score within 10. The Viking would have none of that, so they made a few fast breaking plays to put in some layups and up their numbers 35-47. JVC outscored the Battlers 19-9 in the third quarter, so it didn’t take long to break the lead wide open. The quarter ended with the Battlers down by 18 with a score of 36-54.
In the fourth, Potter County saw some baskets, but it seemed like every time the Battlers scored, the Vikings were ready to counter it. In quick fashion the James Valley Christian lead spread to 20 points, 42-62. A fast break steal by Chayce Hall put him alone under the basket to add two points. Meinke nailed another three pointer bringing it to 49-66 with 2:30 in the game. The action moved back and forth, and the Vikings just couldn’t miss their layups. With under a minute, the hopes of a state championship in basketball waned, and the reality of a possible third place came to the surface. Storer swished in a couple free throws before it ended. With 16 seconds left, the Battlers went to the bench, bringing out a fresh group to get some state play time. The game ended with the Vikings on top 55-72. The Battlers play for third place on Saturday night during the final round of the State B tournament in Aberdeen on March 22 against Ethan.
Battler head coach Bryce Turner went into the game with a 44-4 record for the team during the past two years.
-Molly McRoberts
Stats
Potter County 14 26 36 55
James Valley Christian 16 30 54 72
POTTER COUNTY (22-3): Tanner Heuer 1-4 1-2 3, Kole Hawkinson 2-3 0-0 5, Caleb Meinke 6-17 3-3 19, Mitchell Hinckley 3-6 1-3 7, Chayce Hall 5-10 0-0 10, Colton Hall 0-3 0-1 0, Trent Donovan 0-0 0-0 0, Tim Heien 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Sievers 0-0 0-0 0, Hayden Simon 0-0 0-0 0, Rease Logan 0-3 3-4 3, Treyson Drew 0-0 0-0 0, Dalton Storer 0-0 0-0 0, Tanner Storer 2-8 4-4 8, Ryan Hall-Sundberg 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 19-55 12-18 55.
JAMES VALLEY CHRISTIAN (24-1): Cole Glanzer 2-2 0-1 4, Tim Wager 4-5 0-1 8, Alex Waldner 7-12 2-3 17, Nathan Wedel 7-18 9-11 24, Andrew Ulvestad 8-14 1-1 17, Jayden Waldner 1-1 0-0 2, Ben Loewen 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Mendel 0-0 0-0 0, Tristan Wieting 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Hofer 0-0 0-0 0, Kellen Hood 0-0 0-0 0, Jonathon Blom 0-0 0-0 0, Daniel Stahl 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-53 12-17 72.
3-point field goals — Potter County 5-18 (Hawkinson 1-2, Meinke 4-8, Chayce Hall 0-2, Colton Hall 0-1, T. Storer 0-4, Hall-Sundberg 0-1); James Valley Christian 2-9 (Wager 0-1, A. Waldner 1-2, Wedel 1-3, Ulvestad 0-3). Total fouls — Potter County 16; James Valley Christian 17. Fouled out — Potter County, None; James Valley Christian, Glanzer, Wager. Rebounds — Potter County 29 (Hinckley 8); James Valley Christian 38 (Wedel 17). Assists — Potter County 5 (Chayce Hall 4); James Valley Christian 14 (Ulvestad 6). Blocks — Potter County 1 (Meinke 1); James Valley Christian 3 (Ulvestad 2). Steals — Potter County 8 (Chayce Hall 3); James Valley Christian 6 (Wager 2). Turnovers — Potter County 19; James Valley Christian 20. Officials — Jay Kusler, Donnie Kayser, Jordon Odens.

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Volunteers needed for track meets

Volunteers are needed to help with track meets.
There are four home meets scheduled from April through May.
The Gettysburg Invitational will be held at Battler Field on Saturday, April 19 beginning at 11 a.m.
The Gettysburg Junior High Invitational is set for Thursday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m.
The Potter County Invitational will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m.
The YTC Junior High meet will be held on Monday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Anyone who is willing and able to volunteer to help at the track meets should contact Vern Smith at GHS, either at 765-2436 or Vern.Smith@k12.sd.us.

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Mary Ann Kaup

Kaup squareMary Ann Kaup, 56, Hoven, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at her farm home. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 25 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hoven, with Father Kevin Doyle, Celebrant. Interment followed at the Church Cemetery.
Mary Ann Minnerath, daughter of Cyrilla (Zweber) and Reynold Minnerath, was born at Hoven on Dec. 9, 1957. Mary Ann was brought up on the farm five miles west and one mile north of Hoven. Her formal education consisted of St. Anthony’s Parochial School and Hoven High School, Class of 1976. Upon graduation, she was employed at the Holy Infant Hospital in Hoven. Mary Ann married Keith Kaup at St. Anthony’s Church on Sept. 23, 1977. They settled in Hoven where Mary Ann continued her employment at the Hospital until the late 1990s. She then stayed at home to be there for her family.
Mary Ann’s hobbies included cooking, gardening, fishing, jigsaw puzzles, arts and crafts, and music. She especially cherished the time she could spend with her granddaughters who called her Nannee.
Mary Ann had a zest for life and lived every day to the fullest, carrying out her motto, “We’re only here for a short time, so we gotta have a good time!”
Mary Ann is survived by her mother, Cyrilla Minnerath of Oahe Manor, Gettysburg; Keith, her husband of 36 years; two sons – Brandon (Alicia) Kaup and Colby (Tami) Kaup; three granddaughters – Ashlee, Alyssa, and Raquel all of Hoven; two brothers – Arlyn Minnerath of Hoven and Dean Minnerath of Watertown; numerous aunts, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many dear friends and relatives.  Nannee’s loss will be greatly felt by Ashlee, Alyssa, and Raquel.
She was preceded in death by her father, Reynold, on Aug. 18, 2007.
Organist was Alice Simon along with St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Choir.  Vocalist was Vonnie Reuer. Lector was Chuck Simon and Mass servers were Colin Arbach and Connor Kaup. Eucharistic Minister was Suzi Vail and Offertory Gift Bearers were Mary Ann’s nieces-Jenny Litzen, Lynelle Dwyer, Heidi Fiechtner, and Katie Minnerath.
Placing of the Pall were Kay Klocker, Colette Giese, Kristin McIntire, Deb Schaefer, and Deanne Arbach.
Honorary bearers were all of Mary Ann’s fishing buddies.
Casketbearers were Mason Kaup, Don Litzen, and Cody Minnerath of Rapid City, Kyle Kaup of Minneapolis, MN, Pat Dwyer of Ortonville, MN, Jason Klocker and Jon Prindiville of Sioux Falls, and Jeff Fiechtner of Watertown.
Please visit www.MillerLienFH.com to leave an online condolence or  view the tribute video.
Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, is in charge of arrangements.

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Joe Reading

Joe Reading, 94, of Yuma, AZ died March 8, 2014. He was born March 16, 1919 in Philadelphia, PA where he was raised. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
On June 14, 1975 he married Evelyn (Simon) Atkins, who was raised in Potter County and graduated from GHS in 1941.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, along with numerous children and grandchildren, including step-children Bob (Lisa) Atkins of Washington, and Kayleen (Harry) Thornton of South Carolina, who still return to visit Potter County during hunting season.

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Potter County Battlers place third in State B

He shoots, he scores... Chayce Hall (Bryce and Kerri) put up points for the Potter County Battlers on their way to a third place State B win in Aberdeen last week. The Battlers won their first game, lost the second, and won the third to bring home third place honors. Also pictured, ready for the rebound, is #13 Rease Logan (Kevin and Ellen).

He shoots, he scores…
Chayce Hall (Bryce and Kerri) put up points for the Potter County Battlers on their way to a third place State B win in Aberdeen last week. The Battlers won their first game, lost the second, and won the third to bring home third place honors. Also pictured, ready for the rebound, is #13 Rease Logan (Kevin and Ellen).

With 11 more points on the board than the Ethan Rustlers, the Mighty Potter County Battlers won third place at the State B tournament on March 22 with a final score of 65-54.
The last basketball game of the year for the Mighty Battlers got underway in Aberdeen with the Battlers clad in white but playing red hot. It was the battle of the Bryces, with the two teams meeting on the court under the leadership of coaches Bryce Hall for Potter County coming in with an 18-2 record on the season, and Bryce Roth for Ethan with a 17-3 season.
The Rustlers were on the board first with a basket and a shot from the foul line, but Kole Hawkinson tied it up in one shot from a long way out to tie the game at three points. Mitch Hinckley punched in two more points from the lane, but Ethan tied it up on the next play.
They went to the foul line to give the Rustlers a one point lead, and a three pointer bumped their score to nine points, then another score for 11. Hawkinson put up a pretty swish from the outside to tighten it by three points, then Tanner Heuer hit a layup and drew a foul, which pulled the Battlers up to 10 points. Ethan got a score, then Heuer was fouled again where he knocked down two points, keeping the Battlers within one point. The Rustlers drew a foul and made one, putting them up by two points. With 11 seconds in the quarter, 6’8″ Rease Logan went to the foul line but missed the score, while Ethan popped in two points at the buzzer with the quarter ending with the Battlers down 12-16.
Ethan started the second quarter with a basket before drawing a foul to add another two, so the score spread to 12-20. Logan posted a layup, but the Rustlers went back to the line and added one, so the score was at 14-21. Tanner Storer scored, but the Rustlers drew another trip to the foul line where they put in one. Logan reached up to land another layup, which tightened the game to 18-22. Ethan nailed two points, and Chayce Hall added three. The Rustlers put the next couple baskets up, then Storer added to the score. The Battlers tightened the spread to 24-30, then some free throws brought it to 27-34. That was before the final second of the quarter, when Storer made the net go swish with one of his three pointers. The Battlers went into the locker room down by four, 30-34.
The second half was a fun one. Meinke came out of the halftime break to put two points on the board, followed by a three pointer. The Rustlers had a basket in between, so the score stood at 35-36. Baskets back and forth kept it at a one point game until Heuer put in one to jump ahead of Ethan, 39-38. Chayce Hall put in a three, with two coming back from the Rustlers, then another two, tying it up at 42. Meinke took the lead back for the Battlers with a three pointer before Ethan put in a layup and drew a foul. They couldn’t connect from the free throw line, but Hawkinson found his spot for another three pointer. With 30 seconds in the quarter, Ethan tied it at 48. Logan drew a foul to take the lead by one, and the last eight minutes of play started with a Battler lead of 49-48.
Ethan went up by one point early in the fourth quarter, but Meinke brought it back with a layup. Ethan was fouled but couldn’t change the score. Chayce Hall was fouled and added a point making the score 52-50, then put in a three pointer to make it a five point lead. The Rustlers put in a basket, and the lead with 5:17 left stood at 55-52.
Heuer got a steal and ended up alone under the basket to land a layup for 57-52. Heuer went to the line after an intentional foul under the basket. He made one and the Battlers kept the ball. With 1:13 left in the game, the score was 58-52. Storer was fouled, so another two points were added, barely moving the net.  He was sent back to the line to put in two and spreading the Battler lead to 10 with a minute to go. Ethan did make a basket before sending Hawkinson back to the free throw line for another two to bring the lead back to 10 points. Heuer went to the line for another one. With the Battlers up by 11 and 30 seconds left, the Battlers went to the bench and gave the teammates some time on the court. The game ended with the Battlers bringing home the third place trophy by a score of 65-54.
They dominated the second half of the game, outscoring their opponent 19-14 in the third and 16-6 in the fourth quarter. The team nailed 9-14 three point shots, and individually Tanner Storer, Chayce Hall, Kole Hawkinson, Tanner Heuer all had 11 points each, while Caleb Meinke had 12.
-Molly McRoberts
Stats
ETHAN (21-5): Connor 6-11 0-1 12, Bartscher 8-17 2-4 19, Donovan 1-2 2-4 4, Tillberg 3-4 1-1 8, C.Myers 2-5 0-4 4, T.Myers 1-4 3-4 5. Totals: 21-43 10-20 54.
POTTER COUNTY (23-3): Co.Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Heuer 3-4 5-9 11, Logan 3-7 1-4 7, Drew 0-1 0-0 0, Hawkinson 3-4 2-2 11, Meinke 5-14 0-0 12, Storer 3-6 4-4 11, Hinckley 1-2 0-0 2, Hall-Sundberg 0-1 0-0 0, Ch.Hall 3-6 2-4 11. Totals: 21-46 14-23 65.
Ethan 16 34 48 54
Potter County 12 30 49 65
3-pointers: Ethan 2-6 (Connor 0-2, Bartscher 1-2, Donovan 0-1, Tillberg 1-1), Potter County 9-14 (Hawkinson 3-4, Meinke 2-4, Storer 1-2, Hall-Sundberg 0-1, Ch.Hall 3-3). Rebounds: Ethan 30 (Connor 7), Potter County 29 (Logan 7). Assists: Ethan 7 (3 with 2), Potter County 4 (Ch.Hall 2, Heuer 2). Total fouls: Ethan 19, Potter County 15.

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Potter County wins first round at State B

Dressed in red, the Mighty Potter County Battlers took to the court at the Barnett Center on Thursday afternoon for their first appearance in this year’s State B tournament. The fifth seeded Battlers took on the fourth seed Faith Longhorns to set the pace for the tournament, and advanced to the next round of play after a fun 61- 58 win.
Starting for the Battlers were Tanner Heuer, Kole Hawkinson, Caleb Meinke, Mitchell Hinckley, and Chayce Hall. Coach Bryce Hall and assistants Tim Hagedorn and Jason Hanson were on the sidelines.
The Battlers drew first blood with a quick layup and a couple three pointers, and it didn’t take long to jump to a 10-3 lead. The Longhorns tightened that up to tie the game, and at the buzzer Faith drew a foul and nailed all three shots from the free throw line, which gave the lead to Faith for the first time in the game.
The Battlers brought the score back to an even 15 off a three point shot made famous by Kole Hawkinson during last year’s state tourney. Faith went to work and put a spread in their lead. With a minute left to play, Chayce Hall went to the line and brought the Battlers back within one. A foul drawn by the Longhorns put the score at 22-25 with under 30 seconds to go, and with a tenth of a second left, another free throw spread the score to 22-26 with the Longhorns leading as they went to the locker room at the half.
The second half got underway with a quick score by Mitch Hinckley followed by a steal and layup by Chayce Hall to tie up the game. Hall followed with a three pointer to spread the Battler lead. Tanner Heuer snapped off a steal and dropped one in the bucket, giving the Battlers a one point lead. Faith took the lead back on the next play and held onto it during the rest of the quarter, ending the third with the Longhorns on top 31-42.
There were just eight minutes left to decide who got to move up the bracket and play on Friday night, and the Battlers got back to work to make sure they were invited to the party. Tanner Storer put up a three pointer, then added another three, cutting the Longhorn lead to six. Chayce Hall fouled out, but the Battlers stayed strong and brought the team within four with two minutes left. Hawkinson tightened it up with another three point play to bring it to a one point game, and Hinckley tied it up from the free throw line at 53 points. With a minute left, Storer went to the line and dropped both free throws for a two point lead.
In true Battler form, there was a lot of game left. Just wait a minute.
With 52 second left, Storer went back to the line and swished another two baskets.
The Longhorns were out of time outs and behind by four. They went to the free throw line and dropped in one point. Faith went to the line again, making it a two point game with 27 seconds to go.
Meinke went to the line for Potter County, swished the first basket, then the second, and the Battlers were up by four. The clock ticked down to 12 seconds and a Faith basket added two and took them to the free throw line for one more point. The Battlers were on top by one point with eight second on the clock. Hawkinson was at the line for the Battlers where he added two points.
Both teams were out of time outs with the Battlers up by three. The last second shot by the Longhorns didn’t connect, and the Mighty Potter County Battlers added another win to their record and headed to the semi-final round of play. The next night the team prepared to take on the top seeded James Valley Christian in the semi-final round of the tournament.
-Molly McRoberts
Stats
POTTER COUNTY (22-2): Tanner Heuer 1 0-2 2, Kole Hawkinson 5 3-4 17, Caleb Meinke 7 2-2 17, Mitchell Hinckley 1 1-2 3, Chayce Hall 5 1-2 12, Colton Hall 0 0-2 0, Rease Logan 0 0-2 0, Tanner Storer 2 4-4 10. Totals 21 11-20 61.
FAITH (19-4): Jarius Halligan 6 1-1 15, Josh Afdahl 0 3-3 3, Tyler Hohenberger 6 13-17 25, Rio Hulm 2 3-3 8, Jaelani Uthe 1 0-0 2, Dalton Sheridan 1 0-0 3, Wyatt Schuelke 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 20-24 58.
Potter County 10 22 31 61
Faith 13 26 42 58
3-point field goals — Hawkinson 4, Meinke, Ch. Hall, Storer 2, Halligan 2, Hulm, Sheridan. Total fouls — Potter County 20; Faith 17. Fouled out — Chayce Hall. Rebounds — Potter County 24 (Ch. Hall 5, Storer 5); Faith 33 (Hohenberger 11). Assists — Potter County 11 (Ch. Hall 11); Faith 7 (Halligan 2). Turnovers — Potter County 17; Faith 22. Steals — Potter County 12 (Meinke 2); Faith 10 (Halligan 4).

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Everything Fitz to perform with concert series Monday

Monday, March 31 the High Plains Concert Series will host the second performance of the season presented by the high-energy fiddling and step dancing family from Canada, Everything Fitz.
The program starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion Building. Season membership tickets for the concert series are available at the door.
The concert series, now in its second year, has been organized through the combined forces of the High Plains Arts Council and the Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce. Concert series members in Gettysburg have reciprocity with Pierre and Redfield concerts, which offer more presentations throughout the season.
Everything Fitz is a family band featuring the high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada’s finest young musicians. With roots in the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and Ottawa Valley step dancing, their unique stage show combines a variety of musical styles including everything from traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, Celtic, gospel as well as novelty numbers and choreographed dance routines.
The family of champion fiddlers provide intricate 3-part fiddle harmonies as well as solo improvisations on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Additional instrumentation includes percussion along with accompaniment on piano and bass guitar. An audience favorite is their award-winning group step dancing.
These spirited young performers are noted for their polished performances and provide wholesome, captivating entertainment for a diverse audience. Everything Fitz has received glowing reviews from promoters, organizers and fans across Canada and the United States.
Sponsors for the concert series are Gold Level – Logan Electric, Northern Plains Cooperative, C and B Operations, Midway Parts, REH Farms, Inc, Chamber of Commerce; Silver Level –  Lake Farms; Bronze Level – Potter County Land and Abstract, Gas ‘N Goodies, Great Western Bank, Gettysburg Rotary Club.
The final show in this year’s Gettysburg concert series is “The Unexpected Surfer Boys” which is a tribute to the Beach Boys and Broadway on April 25.

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Region Champs head to State B tournament…

DSC02011The Mighty Potter County Battlers are heading back to the State B basketball tournament for the second time in a row this week. After a two point win over the Hitchcock/Tulare Patriots on March 11, the team will play in the first round at state on Thursday, March 20 at 1:45 against Faith. Pictured are (back row, l to r) assistant coach Jason Hanson, Kole Hawkinson (Julie and Dave Kilian/Ken Hawkinson), assistant coach Tim Hagedorn, Chayce Hall (Bryce and Kerri), Treyson Drew (Deryk Drew/Sheri Drew), Chase Sievers (LeAnn and Monte), Rease Logan (Ellen and Kevin), Mitchell Hinckley (Dawn and Don), Caleb Meinke (Shelli and Danny), Tanner Storer (Ginger and Todd), student assistant coach Scott Glodt (Dan and Noreen), and head coach Bryce Hall. Front row: Tanner Heuer (Dave and Linda), Hayden Simon (Nadine and Dean), Ryan Sundberg (Dayle and Chip), Colton Hall (Kerri and Bryce), Dalton Storer (Ginger and Todd), Trent Donovan (Dennise and Shawn), Tim Heien (Vicki and Keith), student managers Katrina Smith (Nancy and Vern), and Zanee Hagedorn (Tim).  The winner of their first game will play the winner of the James Valley Christian and Centerville game on Friday at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will go to the championship Saturday night at 8 p.m. Join the Potter County Battlers for a welcome home celebration on Sunday, March 23 at the City Auditorium downtown starting at 1 p.m. Watch online for updates at www.pottercountynews.com and see a bracket for the tournament.

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School board holds March meeting

The Gettysburg School Board had a full agenda during the regular meeting on March 10.
Board member Kay Schmidt, who serves on the school building committee, told the board that it has been a slow process but there is now visible proof the project is moving (see photo, page 16). They were waiting for the last of the concrete to be poured, which would help give a more accurate and detailed time line for the project. Board member and building committee member Brian Robbennolt added that a redesign of steps is being reviewed, which should provide a cost savings and provide a better design.
Scott Sikkink of HKG Architects said that some minor changes will drop the cost of the building, including the change in the steps, eliminating some fire doors because the building is sprinkled, and eliminating a door in the storage room. He said that the building is here, it is going up, and plans are in place for the concrete pour. They have also been keeping a close eye on the frost so there are no issues there.
Sikkink talked about the water, and said they have yet to see the revised civil drawings but did get a preliminary drawing from the city. He also hadn’t previously seen the streets full when the spring water run happens, but after seeing the signs warning to be careful of water on the road as he drove into town for the meeting, said he has a better understanding of the water concerns. Sikkink is working with the city, and Maintenance Supervisor Russell Anderson attends the school building meetings to make sure they are all working together and on the same page. The building committee meets each week,
Board member Kim Schweiss, who serves on the color committee, reported that the choices are being made and coming together well. Sikkink said that it is an important job and the effort is really appreciated, but it is definitely at a feverish pitch right now. They are looking at colors for everything from trim, door handles, split face, interior paints, lockers, doors, and there are pages of items and colors that need to be selected.
It was also explained that the doors will have push-to-lock capability, so if emergency situations require, they can be push locked from the inside of rooms, and keys from authorized personnel would allow access from the hallway. Sikkink said that was a lesson learned in the fatal Sandy Hook school tragedy and it was critical that the change be made.
Safety procedures have been updated for the school during the construction, so students and staff know where to go in the event of an emergency.
The board adjourned to separate executive sessions for negotiations and legal issues.
Two options were presented during discussion of the next year’s school calendar. The options were also sent to Hoven for their review.
Superintendent Tim Hagedorn talked about the proposed changes in the calendar, and there was discussion about holding conferences earlier in the semester to better benefit the students. Some conflicts with sports events would come with the second calendar option, but it was reported that all the teachers who voted on the calendar selected the second option.
Board president Matt Cronin said it could be approved later to give the staff more time to review it, and it will be added to the agenda and discussed further during a special meeting March 26.
There will be no school board election this year for the three open positions on the board. Petitions were filed by Mark Schatz and Paul Kellogg, and an appointment will need to be made by July. The board was encouraged to be thinking of people who could be appointed to fill the remaining position.
Gary Oaks was hired as the head coach for golf. He was the assistant coach last year, and since it is anticipated that there will be a good turnout for the golf team, the school is still looking for an assistant coach.
Principal Wendy Smith gave her administrative report. Some of the report included that Mrs. Poeppel was contacted by SD Department of Labor to have her students participate in a writing project to find out how students would prepare for a GED; students did well at the FFA contest; the pep band was “band of the day” at the State B girls basketball tourney; the senior trip is set for April 1-5 to Minneapolis, and they need to be back in order to go to the State FFA on April 6; and preparation is being done for online testing. She also said that there was discussion about signing up for the summer pig project that is part of the county fair.
Hagedorn’s report touched on the five year school improvement plan which needs to be done within the next six months, so a committee will get together to work on that. He has received applications for the English teacher position along with science teacher applications. He said they look like promising candidates and interviews will be scheduled. No applicants have come in for the ag position, but options are being explored. Sports activities are winding down, and indoor track practice has started.
The board had two other executive sessions for student issues and for personnel. After the executive session, a motion made for increasing hours for junior high and high school Special Ed department was passed.
A special meeting to further discuss contract negotiations will be held on Wednesday, March 26.
The minutes of the board meeting are published on page 17 of the News, and are available online at www.pottercountynews.com and at www.sdpublicnotices.com. The meetings are open to the public.

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School board meeting March 26

School board meeting March 26
A special meeting of the Gettysburg School Board will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the school.
Discussion items on the agenda include executive session for negotiations, executive session for personnel, salvage, calendar, resignation, and change order.
The meetings are open to the public and those interested are encouraged to attend.

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